The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new funding to small businesses for innovative clean energy technologies as part of its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. Eligible small businesses can apply to receive up to $200,000 to test their innovative research ideas over 12 months. Small businesses that win SBIR/STTR awards keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy is supporting 45 different SBIR/STTR research topics across its three technology sectors: transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. The topics funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will advance its mission to develop and demonstrate technologies to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the cost-effective, sustainable use of biomass and waste feedstocks across the U.S. economy. BETO topics include:

  • Topic 13a. Sustainable Biomass Conversion to Bio-based Materials
  • Topic 13b. Alternative Uses of Commercial Equipment (ACE)
To learn about the topics and grant application requirements, please view the Topic Description Document and Phase 1 Release 2 FY24 SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Critical program due dates, as well as informational webinar recordings related to the topics, may be found on the SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities web page. Small businesses interested in applying to this FOA must submit a Letter of Intent to be eligible to submit a full application. Letters of Intent are due no later than February 2, 2024, at 5:00 pm ET, and application submissions are due no later than March 12, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET.

Learn more about these BETO-funded SBIR/STTR topics and how to prepare and submit a Phase 1 Letter of Intent. Additional support for first-time applicants is available through the DOE Phase 0 program.

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